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BUS100 Professional Communication Skills Assessment 2 Details

Assessment Type: Annotated Bibliography (Reference List) – Individual assessment. 5 sources plus 500-800 words annotation. Purpose: This assessment allows students to develop research skills and begin to develop critical analysis skills by finding and evaluating a range of different but relevant reference sources relating to a given topic.. This assessment contributes to Learning Outcomes a, c, and e.

Value: 20%

Due Date: Week 6 – 5.00pm Friday of Week 6 Submission: Electronically through KOI’s Moodle subject home page as a Word .doc or

.docx – the font should be ARIAL 10 point. Topic: A current business topic – the specific topic will be advised in class and via

Moodle. This business topic will form the focus of Assessments 2, 3 and 4 during the trimester.

Task Details: Annotated Bibliography (Reference List) (See Moodle for more details and worked examples).

In academia, as in business, good reports demonstrate the ability to research and identify relevant material to be used as the basis for considering a question, supporting argument and arriving at justified conclusions or recommendations. While there may be many sources relating to any given topic or question, some will be far more suitable than others. Good relevant supporting material will be:

 Relevant

 Recent (unless considered a seminal or classic article/book)

 Credible

Using the topic given, students need to research and identify 5 different sources which would be relevant if preparing an analysis report for the topic given. Included in the bibliography should be:

 At least 1 peer reviewed article

 At least 1 website

 At least 1 magazine or newspaper article

 At least 1 of the sources reviewed must fail to meet the some or all of the 3 criteria of good supporting material – relevant, recent and credible i.e. be a source you have viewed but decided it would not be appropriate to use – explain why it is not appropriate.

Wiki anything and About.com MUST NOT be included in your sources – good or otherwise. For each source, pairs are to:

1. Cite the material correctly using Harvard (Anglia) referencing style 2. Briefly summarise the main findings or arguments of the source 3. Briefly critique (evaluate) the source’s usefulness, reliability, objectivity or bias, assessing its

strengths and/or weaknesses as if you were writing a research paper on the topic given. Points 2 and 3 should be between 100 and 160 words per source (500 – 800 words total). Presentation Assessments should be formatted as follows:

 Word .doc or .docx

 Font – Arial 10pt, Calibri 11pt or Times New Roman 12pt  Title page

 A 1 line space between each of: heading, citation, summary paragraph, evaluation paragraph

 Each source identified by a heading made up by the Title in italics and the source type.

 

 

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Example: Source 1: Imported and Domestic beef – substitutes or complements, peer-reviewed journal article. Worked examples of an annotated bibliography will be provided in class and via Moodle. Marking Guide: The marking rubric following this will be used to mark Assessment 2. More detail about the assessment and what is expected will be provided in class and via Moodle. The total mark will be scaled to a mark out of 20.

BUS100 Professional Communication Skills Assessment 2 Marking Rubric

CRITERIA Fail 0-49% Pass 50-59% Credit 60-69% Distinction

70-79%

High Distinction

80-100%

Quantity and variety of sources

 

 

/ 10

 

Document cites fewer than the number of sources outlined in the assignment and/or misses more than 1 type of source.

Document cites the number of sources outlined in the assignment but misses 1 type of source.

Document cites the number and variety of sources outlined in the assignment.

Document cites the number and variety of sources outlined in the assignment.

Document cites the number and variety of sources outlined in the assignment.

Summary of Sources

 

 

 

/ 25

Most or all summaries are lacking in completeness, thought, and/or quality of summary.

All summaries are attempted but 3 are lacking in completeness, thought, and/or writing quality.

3 summaries are done well but 2 are lacking in completeness, thought, and /or quality of summary.

All summaries except 1 are thoughtful, complete, and well summarised.

All summaries are thoughtful, complete, and well summarised.

Evaluation of Sources

 

 

 

/ 25

The evaluation of 3 or more sources is either not clearly and/or not correctly identified.

The evaluation of 3 or more sources is either clearly or correctly identified, but not both.

The evaluation of all except 2 sources is clearly and correctly identified.

The evaluation of all except 1 source is clearly and correctly identified.

The evaluation of all sources is clearly and correctly identified.

Citation presentation

 

 

 

/ 20

There are citation elements missing in 3 or more sources, incorrect citation style used, or some or all sources not cited.

There are citation elements missing in 2 document citations, or 2 elements missing in 1 citation. Citation style is consistent but not Harvard (Anglia

There are citation elements missing in 2 of the document citations, or 2 elements missing in 1 citation, but the rest are correct. Correct citation style used throughout.

There are citation elements missing in 1 of the document citations but all others are correct. Correct citation style used throughout.

All citations have all necessary elements, and are presented consistently using the nominated citation style.

Presentation – language and style

 

 

 

/ 20

Language used is not acceptable and/or the assessment is not presented as required – many errors.

Language used is acceptable but not professional and the assessment is mainly presented as required – some errors.

Language used is acceptable but not completely professional and the assessment is presented as required.

Language used is almost but not completely professional and the assessment is presented as required.

Language used is professional and the assessment is presented as required.

Total Mark

 

/100

Comments:

 

/ 20

 

 

 

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Things to think about when finding and evaluating your sources Evaluating a source: Good relevant supporting material will be:

 Relevant – is the source on a similar topic e.g. o an article about accounting practices in Botswana, Russia or China are not likely to

have much relevance to accounting practices in Australia, o an article about organisational structures in multinational Australian companies is

unlikely to be relevant for an assignment about structuring a café business in Australia

o an article about business management practices in the USA or UK is probably going to have relevance for an assignment about business management practices in Australia (provided the organisations are reasonably similar in size and industry)

 Recent (unless considered a seminal or classic article/book) – usually the more recent the better for business management and accounting studies

o If using older articles consider:  How has the world or the situation changed since the article was written e.g.

if you are writing about the financial growth opportunities, anything pre 2007- 2008 (the Global Financial Crisis) is less likely to be relevant

 If discussing successful car brands, articles about the success of the Volkswagen brand written before 2015 (emissions scandal) are probably out of date

o The exception is original thinking which forms the basis of most current thinking e.g. Henry Fayol (1841 – 1925) developed 14 General Principles of Managerial Effectiveness, many of which are still considered the basis of good management, however given the changes in the business environment of today, may not be completely relevant to a given set of business circumstances. Using such a source to support your theories would need careful discussion of how it still applies.

 Credible – very important if using websites, or really anything to support your point of view. To determine credibility you need to consider the accuracy, authority, coverage, currency and objectivity of the source.

o A website created by Sarah Coates for a project for her LIS 5503: Information Literacy and Instruction class, offered by the University of Oklahoma’s School of Library and Information Studies in the Spring of 2011 is an excellent resource to help students find and evaluate credible sources https://sites.google.com/site/evaluatingsourcecredibility/home

o For both sides of the credibility argument over a piece of published research used to support a current marketing campaign, try googling A2 milk research credibility – you will find many articles, websites and arguments for both sides of the argument – also an interesting exercise on possible bias in research outcomes.

 

Source Types You have been asked to find and evaluate 5 sources. The sources need to be about the topic chosen by those who voted:

 you may choose to find sources about the topic generally,

 or you may choose to focus on sources that might more directly relate to a particular point about the topic you wish to discuss.

You must include:

 At least 1 peer reviewed article – use EBSCOHOST via the Moodle links to develop your research finding skills

 At least 1 website – the website could be a government Website, a company or professional organisation website, or website created by a single person (blog type websites) – a google or other search using your preferred search words will reveal many possible websites o Hint: look through a few of the search results rather than just the first or second website

listed – makes your research a bit more interesting o Do not use a source with [PDF] beside the website name for this section

 

 

 

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 At least 1 magazine or newspaper article – either print or electronic can be used – the article source could be an independent newspaper such as the Sydney Morning Herald or Telegraph, an industry or organisational magazine, any online ezine

 At least 1 of the sources reviewed must fail to meet the some or all of the 3 criteria of good supporting material – relevant, recent and credible i.e. be a source you have viewed but decided it would not be appropriate to use – explain why it is not appropriate. This source can be any of the above types, but is less likely to be a peer-reviewed article.

 

Also refer to the Annotated Bibliography Help sheet for more assistance and information.

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